What is Grow Space?
Grow Space works to create welcoming, inclusive and regenerative neighbourhoods in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. At this stage, Grow Space runs three programmes.
Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG) – A collaboration of six organisations, including Belong Aotearoa, Catalyse, Crave Cafe, Kind Cafe, New Zealand Red Cross, and Kai Collective to teach, learn and grow produce with migrant and refugee background women in an enterprise model that supplies hyper-local food to local cafes. Located across several sites in Moningside, Auckland.
Growing Together – A collective of regenerative community practitioners including The Mindful Gardener, Urban Composting NZ, Morningside Urban Market Garden, Wash Your Mouth Out, and The Carbon Cycle Company who are passionate about bringing together neighbours through good kai, and collective action on neighbourhood regeneration. A prototype neighbourhood Kai and Compost hub focussed on shared learning around growing hyper local, nutrient dense food, nutrient cycling, and strengthening neighbourhood economies.
The Pantry – A co-operative neighbourhood trading platform for locally grown and produced kai, and natural made products. A start up community enterprise facilitating a place for connecting local growers and makers with neighbours, and neighbours with each other. In collaboration with Olive’s Organic Crops, Shamba Letu Aotearoa, and Kai Collective.
Morningside Urban Market Garden
Morningside Urban Market Garden is a community enterprise that teaches and shares skills and profits as it grows produce for market. Currently operating across two sites in urban Tāmaki Makaurau, MUMG supplies four cafes, a pizzeria and an organic grocer, all within a kilometre of the garden.
Since November 2018, MUMG has been prototyping infrastructure, systems and curriculum using organic growing practices. Raised beds in upcycled apple crates, a tunnel house, propagation, watering and composting systems are now established and are used to supply local demand as migrant and refugee background women are supported to learn about the business of urban market gardening.
MUMG runs a two year programme of learning and mentoring. The intention is for the first cohort of women (currently engaged) to learn for a full calendar year. They will then mentor a second cohort before taking their skills into their own enterprises. The second cohort will mentor the third, and so on.
The women are encouraged to start their own enterprises before they leave the programme and produce from these gardens can be sold into the market MUMG has secured. The women also have the opportunity to work in the garden in paid roles.
MUMG’s aims are to:
- Grow business and market gardening skills among migrant and refugee background women with little or no formal education
- Supply hyper-local organic produce to local cafes and businesses
- Generate profits that are invested back into the enterprise
- Support the development of purposeful social connections among the women involved, tutors and customers
- Contribute to innovative development of local public spaces
MUMG has been supported by a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations in a range of ways. Investment has been provided by All Good Ventures, Kind and Crave cafes, Positive Women Inc. and Ghella Abergeldie JV. Donated goods from Bunnings Grey Lynn, Gardens for Health, and a small team of local community members have also contributed to the establishment of MUMG. Land has been provided at no cost by Eden Park Trust and Gribblehirst Community Hub.
MUMG has also partnered with a number of businesses including Husk, Mainfreight, Bailys Tanks and Plastics, Auckland Rugby Academy and Auckland Central Shed for specific projects and is ably supported by a group of regular volunteers.
You are welcome to visit and enjoy MUMG respectfully at any time. Growers will be there several times each week. Best times to talk with you are on Monday mornings.
You can be part of MUMG by helping in the garden, offering donations of expertise, goods or cash and eating our food at Crave, Kind, Okra and Petit Bocal cafes as well as Papa’s Pizza. You can also buy our produce for home consumpiton at Common Sense Organics. Other suggestions for contributing are most welcome!
*Please be aware that the sites are a work in progress and there may be health and safety hazards.
MUMG Eden Park
Generously supported by Eden Park Trust, Watercare and Ghella Abergeldie JV, our Eden Park site is built on part of the car park. This not only uses underutilised public space in innovative ways, it also complements efforts by Park staff to incorporate more sustainable practices such as composting and bee keeping.
Hosting 30 apple crate gardens and a small tunnelhouse, this is our primary prototype site. Here we are testing the efficiency of wicking beds, different soil profiles, planting density, a range of crops and harvesting systems.
The site is open to the public and you are welcome to visit.
MUMG The Commons
Located on The Commons at Gribblehirst Community Hub, this site is generously supported by the Hub Trust Board and members. Our Gribblehirst site includes a range of other organsations and projects who, working together, are transforming a former lawn bowling club into a community-led precinct. This collective effort aims to grow an inclusive place within the community for getting together to make, create, share skills, repair, recycle, upcycle and hatch ideas.
Here, MUMG has 20 apple crate gardens, rainwater harvesting and composting systems as well as the beginnings of a outdoor kitchen. Initial efforts on this site have focused on creating gathering and social spaces as much as on production. Our work includes growing orchard trees in large boxes, kitchen garden ingredients and a village avocado tree for shade and sharing.
This site is also open to the public and you are welcome to visit.